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Wheelchair Accessible Motion Simulator

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Student Designers: Vishal Parikh, Peter Bohlen, Andrew Pappa, Ben Wiener (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)


We developed a device that was designed to provide individuals in wheelchairs with a controlled, multi-dimensional movement. Because our clients have various disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism, they are unable to experience movement without physical input from another individual. The goal of our project was to design and construct a device that would allow our clients to experience angular movement. To meet the requirements of our project the device needed to be safe and efficient. Additionally, the control system of the device needed to be user friendly so that any individual could safely control the device. The motion of the device is controlled by linear actuators which determine the tilt of the platform. By using this device our clients are able to experience and enjoy novel movement.


The goal of the project was to design a device that provided unique movement for individuals in wheelchairs. The device had to be universal for all wheelchairs, as well as provide the teacher with control over the device so as not to harm the client or induce seizures. Our device consisted of three main components: the base, the platform, and the control system. Our device was arranged with the base resting on the ground, the platform above and the control system in between. The control system uses linear actuators to control the movement of the platform.

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